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Communities Fighting for Social Change

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Narrated by multi-Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke, WELCOME NOWHERE tells the true story of one community of Roma people (commonly known as Gypsies) living in Bulgaria. After being evicted from their homes, over 200 of them are forced to live in shantytowns without proper sanitation. Despite years of promises from…
Traffic Stop - The Unlawful Arrest of Breaion King
From the two-time Peabody Award-winning team of director Kate Davis and producer David Heilbroner (The Newburgh Sting, Stonewall Uprising), this haunting and compelling Academy Award®-nominated documentary short tells the story of Breaion King, a 26-year-old African-American schoolteacher from Austin, Texas, who was stopped in 2015 for a routine traffic violation…
The Homestretch - Three Homeless Teenagers Fighting for Their Future
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Four Feet Up - Youth, Fighting Poverty & Harm Reduction
Twenty years after the House of Commons promised "to eliminate poverty among Canadian children," 8-year-old Isaiah is trying hard to grow up healthy, smart and well adjusted despite the odds stacked against him. Isaiah knows he's been categorized as "less fortunate," and his short life has seen more than his…
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Sixty years after the Little Rock Nine faced mobs of racially charged hatred and became cornerstones of the Civil Rights movement, TEACH US ALL examines how the present day United States education system fails to live up to that promise of desegregation as it slides back into a re-segregation of…
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Indianapolis has one of the lowest high school graduation rates in the country. Victims of circumstance and a broken system, Greg, Melissa, and Shynika are optimistic that they won't end up on the wrong side of statistics. Official Selection at the Tribeca Film Festival. Winner of the Grand Prize and…
Spanish Lake - Political and Economic Oppression in Missouri
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Something in the Water - The Flint Water Crisis
Part of the Series: America Divided
While most people are aware of the basic contours of the Flint water story, AMERICA DIVIDED goes deeper. Correspondent Rosario Dawson investigates how a government could poison its own citizens, what hidden forces may have been at work, and how specific policies unique to Michigan, led not only to the…